A new blog: I’ve moved!

In my last post (nearly a year ago, forgive me) I mentioned that MCM would be abandoned in favor of a new blog. I also said that I would introduce my virtual niche once it was properly up and running, and I have to apologize. It’s been up for a while—not for too long, but long enough. You can check it out here, if you like. Some things to note:

  • This was not my first choice blog title or URL. Unfortunately, my go-to—and any variations of it—are taken, mostly by inactive blogs. (I shake my fists in rage.) If you’re curious, I will tell you that I derived it from Fringe.
  • As you will see, I am not blogging only about books. I am a heavy K-drama addict, and I love foreign films. Expect me to talk about these things a lot.
  • If you are at all familiar with MCM, I’d say you know my reading preferences fairly well. However: I’ve developed an aversion to most YA, and I am gravitating toward different books. I’m currently reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo and will review it.
  • Blog goals are to post 1 – 2 times a week, unless A Thing happens and wrecks havoc on my schedule
  • There are no specific weeks or days that I dedicate to books or TV & film. It’s probable that I’ll post three weeks straight about a TV show and then publish a bookish post on the fourth week. Because I go with the flow of what currently interests me, I find it difficult to remedy this.
  • If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, feel free to drop a comment at my new blog, send it through tumblr, or email me at theairtwit(at)gmail(dot)com

I also want to say that if you have attempted to contact me through the email provided on this blog, I am very sorry! I have not signed in on a computer since perhaps last year, and I disconnected the account from my phone. Also note that I’m currently following under 10 blogs—that goes for both my NEW BLOGLOVIN’ and WP BLOG! I abandoned MCM, but I won’t leave you guys behind. I’ll be adding more blogs to my feed shortly!

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Attack! A new year! A new blog!

A happy New Year’s Eve to everyone! I hope you all didn’t forget about me, because I didn’t forget about you. My days became scattered and frenzied these last few months, which turned into a habitual lifestyle that–despite mild craziness–felt oddly mundane. September through December included my last quarter of school–at least for one year (and hopefully no longer). Hating On Environmental Science & Environmental Science Used Textbook Prices became a new hobby of mine, and classes took their typical toll not only on my tolerance for irrelevancy (I’m looking at you, Weekly Interpersonal Communication Papers), but it destroyed my will. Even the smallest speck of motivation to do ALL THE THINGS ceased to exist, because ALL THE THINGS pressed down like one giant, heavy weight. At this point, blogging sat nowhere near the forefront of my mind, and a bucket of boiling dislike followed on the occasions that it did surface. …Not that there was anything to blog about.

What is a book blog if the blogger is not reading any books? What do I review? What do I update? As my interest in any and all things bookish died down, even my Tumblr book blog suffered–and still is. Just when I felt as though this reading slump was beginning to dissipate, it crashed back down in one blow. Although I did not start midnight coffee monster as a book blog, it happened to grow and lean toward the bookish direction. This… is unfortunate. I love books–I love picking them up off shelves, ogling at them, and reading them–and I love literature. I always have and I always will, but there’s an issue: reading books is only one interest, and interests–as interests tend to do–fluctuate. Just as my interest in particular genres, authors, audiences, and writing styles waver. Just as my interest in creative writing or learning an instrument changes. With all that said, I’m experiencing a big problem, and it’s called a reading slump.

If there is one thing that past slumps have taught me, it’s not to force-read books. So I asked myself again: what do I post? The more I thought about it, the more disgruntled I became with this blog and the direction it’s taken off in. I feel irritated by many things regarding midnight coffee monster, but I gained perspective from the time spent here. If given the opportunity to start fresh, I would do things differently–from posted content to how it’s run and overall intent. This is why I’m officially naming midnight coffee monster a dead blog. From now on, any blogging activity outside of Tumblr will be set on a different stage. This new virtual nook of mine is not ready for public viewing, as I feel much more meticulous than before. It’s still in the construction phase, and I am in the process of transferring over selected book reviews. Rather than showcasing this blog to everyone now, I’d like it be ready and settled first.

What I will say is the obvious: I do not intend for this blog to chiefly focus on books. While I am still thinking it through, expect me to branch off toward more show & movie talk, possibly music, and maybe personal tidbit posts. In general, I intend for it to become a summation of thoughts, interests, and hobbies. My hope is that it will more accurately reflect who I am and what I like, in turn offering content variety.

In the mean time, I want to update on what I have been up to book-wise–which, as you know, has not been much. It goes without saying that I altogether neglected midnight coffee monster, and as I said before, nie zu viele continues to receive little love from me these days. Still, over at nie zu viele, I did manage to integrate and compile

I won’t be back until it’s time to introduce my new hotspot, so until then: here’s me wishing you all a happy 2014!

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Pause for more procrastination. (I leave you with Alles Neu.)

Hi all you readers and lurkers! It’s a dismal Wednesday here, rainy and grey — just how like it, however unusual this time of year. I hope your Wednesday weather is serving you well. I’m putting my busy schedule of Procrastinating On That Research Paper on pause (which is not so much of a “pause” as it is furthering my procrastination) to mention a few stuff ‘n things. The main purpose for this post, however, is to let everyone know that I am taking a short break. Just a short one! My research paper is due in less than a week (and I’ve yet to dig around in any of my sources), which is closely followed by finals. Classes end June 11th, and like most students: I have NOT kept up with the reading in one of my classes and henceforth will be cramming to the point of neuroticism.

This blog won’t be post-free during my hiatus, though. There may or may not be a Top Ten Tuesday post, but I do need to type my review up for Some Quiet Place before June 1st, and I will most likely schedule it for the following week. I had hoped to post my review for Nicking Time today, but life has not gone as planned. If it’s not up by the end of this week, then you will see it after June 4th. I can promise you that. Speaking of June 4th…

It’s the release date for Leigh Bardugo’s Siege & Storm! With exams approaching, I won’t be able to begin reading it the day it finds my mailbox — I’m crushed! But with several other delightful-sounding books on their way to me (The Emperor’s Soul being one), I look forward to a nice pile of summer reading. I’ll post more on this later.

Meanwhile: how does everyone feel about movie and book recommendations? I love nothing more than dumping a list of book recommendations on people, but I also love recommending favorite films. This is an idea I’ve toyed with for the past few months, which first started with the thought to give “weekend reading” suggestions. I’ve never considered my blog a “YA book blog,” although that is what I primarily review. My taste in film is plenty different from my taste in literature, and not all of my recommendations will target the YA audience. I’m not positive if I will do  this, but if I do it won’t be until classes end. I’m also bouncing between posting movie and book recommendations on the same day (Friday), or alternating every other week (books one week; films the next). So what are your thoughts?

Before I end this, I want to thank everyone who showed interest in the A Monster Calls giveaway! A winner was selected but did not respond, and now I await to hear back from the runner-up. (I’m beginning to wonder if my messages are truly sent, or if there is an awful glitch in Tumblr’s system…) If another two days pass with no reply, I’ll carry on moving down the list.

Now I’m off, supposedly to work  on a paper that’s in desperate need of writing-up, but who really knows. Far off from anything bookishly related, I will leave you with a song that someone introduced me to with the phrase “gratuitous German music.” (This person should know that this phrase spawned an entirely new genre in my iTunes library, rightly titled “gratuitous German music.” It is my goal to create a playlists upon playlists filled with such music.)

gratuitous german music

(*Editing in: I am noticing more and more bloggers disappearing from my WordPress Reader. I know this is an issue many people have, and considering the length of time this has been going on, I doubt WordPress intends to fix it. If I am not following by e-mail subscription, I plan to (re-)subscribe to blogs I follow via Bloglovin’ — something I know I can trust.)